Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands
Our felted fleece rug workshops are now over for this year. I was going to publish the 2023 dates in the spring, however I’ve had some enquiries already so … the dates are now published! For more information about these fun days, please click here: I also offer private sessions, please get in touch for more details.
We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “sheep-friendly sheepskin rugs” and “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”. These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from a both our own sheep and those of neighbouring farms. No animal is harmed in the process. You can buy them from our shop. Please note, due to the popularity of the rugs, we have struggled to keep up with demand so, if you find the shop empty, just read the shop updates to find out when new rugs will be added. I also make rugs to order so if you’d like a rug and there are none showing in the shop, please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have copies of Adrian’s books “This Smallholding Life” (about the balance between time, money and work on a modern smallholding ) and “Dogs Talk” (dogs talk about their lives and what made things better for them) available in our shop (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).
We have recently added sheep pictures, framed or mounted prints to our shop. These are painted by Matty Lamb (Nicole’s brother). They feature our sheep going about their business with the Galloway Hills as their backdrop.
Latest Stories from Auchenstroan
One of the common themes of this blog is the repair of dry stane dykes (dry stone walls). Most of these repairs are carried out in order to keep the sheep in, but some are just because we like these walls and want them to look good. The latest section needing repair was at the […]
In the sheep world, Ryelands are often referred to as “teddy bear sheep”. The reason for this, as you might have guessed, is their striking resemblance to roly poly teddy bears. Most sheep have wool only on their backs, with their faces, tummies and legs remaining almost bare. The Ryeland however has wool all over […]
Every year, round about the beginning of November we start the “hay ceremony”. In other words, giving the little darlings hay for the winter. The sheep let us know when they’re ready for hay, towards the end of October they make a daily pilgrimage down to the orchard and hang around the feeders (usually when […]
Recently you might have noticed a new logo in the corner of our home page. If you click on it, you will be taken into the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere’s website. To re-wind a bit, one sunny day back in the summer, I was enjoying a chinwag and a cuppa with my friend […]
It has not been the driest of summers which has had it’s good and bad points. However, it has been one of the wettest of Octobers I can remember. Someone turned the rain tap on and has forgotten to turn it off again. The ground has been turned from firm grassland into puddles. This is […]
Today while I was in the polytunnel having a tidy up, I became aware of some strange noises coming from outside. It sounded like pigs scoffing their way through a pile of apples and bananas. I wondered if Adrian had got me an early birthday present. There were snuffles and grunts interspersed by a strange […]
After three months of slowly introducing Elliot to the hens, yesterday was a big day for our Anatolian rescue dog from Turkey. Elliot was ready to be let off lead amongst the hens! We took lots of time with the “hen training” because Elliot didn’t get off to a good start with our feathered friends. […]
Today’s blog story is to tell you about my rug-making teaching adventures over the summer and about the new downloadable instructions I’ve created on how to make felted fleece rugs. I’ve been thinking about running rug-making workshops here on our smallholding for a few years now. Then Covid happened and my plans went on hold. […]
The harvest rush has been on in the last week. We already had collected what was left of the beetroot (see beetroot bother), but other fruit and veg were ready and needed picked before the pesky slugs had those too. The only things that seem to be safe are the tomatoes (polytunnel too dry for […]
Carrying on from last week’s story, Moving the Hens, we have both been busy installing and preparing the new area for the chicken coops. We call this ‘Hen Central’ because it’s where they eat, drink, sleep and lay their eggs. The big jobs this week were to install two new fences and put up a […]
This week we have been very busy moving the hen coops to a new part of the orchard. This has been prompted by several things, but mainly it is down to Clippy. Clippy (the flock matriarch) has always been on the feral side. She prefers to lay her eggs in a clump of grass rather […]
As we move into September, our thoughts turn to harvesting. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be collecting apples, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions. We already have a nice crop of garlic drying in the kitchen. Normally, we leave the root crops, mainly turnip (swede outside Scotland) and beetroot in the ground and harvest them […]
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Review for felted fleece rug – Swaledale Mule
5/5 – stunning
Posted by Ann Garbett on 10th March 2022
“The rug arrived and is stunning. Thank you for your beautiful, ethical craft”
Review for sheep friendly rugs
5/5 – thank you!
Posted by Nate Holbrook on 7th October 2021
Review for sheep friendly rug
5/5 – thank you!
Posted by Susie Carter on 14th May 2021
Review for sheep friendly rugs
5/5 – beautiful!
Posted by Julie Eckstrom on 25th February 2021
They are absolutely beautiful — I keep finding more and more depth in them every time I look at them. And they feel incredible, especially on cold toes in the morning! Thank you so much for these treasures!
Review for felted fleece rug
5/5 – thank you
Posted by Jess Dobkin on 3rd February 2021
Thanks again and again to you and your sheep. This rug is such a special gift for a special occasion that will be treasured for a very long, long time
Review for felted fleece rug – soft cream curls
5/5 – thank you
Posted by Julie McCoy on 16th September 2020
Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…